Selco Builders Warehouse has announced a £500,000 initiative help the professional development of its branch employees.

The builders merchant is inviting people working across its 68 branches to enhance their careers through its ‘Rising Stars’ initiative.

To mark its 125th anniversary, Selco is seeking to support 125 members of staff to complete a level two, three or four nationally recognised retail qualification with its chosen training provider, Interserve Learning & Employment.

Marc Lucock, HR director at Selco, said: “This is an exciting initiative which will give a high number of branch colleagues the chance to enhance their skillset and leave them well positioned to progress their career with Selco.

“We are using our Apprenticeship Levy contributions to help fund the Rising Stars scheme and we have selected a course with a high level of practical elements, which means that our colleagues are learning by putting into practice the work they do on a day-to-day basis.

“Timings have been delayed by the Covid-19 crisis but our aim is to get 125 colleagues up and running on the scheme as soon as possible.”

The courses run for between 12 and 18 months and focus on 16 key areas, including customer, financial, leadership, technology, team performance and the environment. Regional classroom sessions will also be held around the country.

Level two will be open for staff members who aspire to progress to be a supervisor, level three is for people holding a supervisory position who wish to have the opportunity to become a duty manager and level four offers duty and deputy managers the chance to enhance their skills and further develop their knowledge relevant to Selco.